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Hey Siri, what would I do without you?

October 18, 2018

The year is 2044, the sidewalks are conveyor belts, cars fly, and your dog can communicate with you via Bluetooth. Generation after generation, technology is evolving quickly. From the first Iphone in 2007, to the IphoneX in 2018, humanity is changing the way it lives, functions and communicates on a daily basis.

 

According to Clt of Mac, the first IPhone was released June 29, 2007. Many kids didn’t have cellphones when they were growing up, unless it was a slide phone or flip phone. But today, more and more are middle schoolers are seen walking around with IPhone 7s and snapping selfies.

 

“Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004. Most teens -- 85 percent of those aged 14 to 17 -- have cell phones. So do 69 percent  of 11-14 year olds and 31 percent of kids aged 8-10,” according to a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

As kids, imagination runs wild. They makes up their own fun, whether that be playing house, princess, war or any other game in their tiny imaginative heads. But today more and more children walk around supermarkets with a YouTube video being played in front of them, or they are distracted on their parents’, or their own, phone at the dinner table. In a study conducted in 2010 by the Joan Ganz Cooney Centre, which specializes in children's media, two thirds of children aged 4 to 7 had already used an iPhone.

 

“The time I spend on my phone differs from day-to-day but anywhere from one to four hours at most,” seventh grader at Berkshire Middle School, Sierra Toot said.

Another difference the generations demonstrate, is the varying forms of communication. Getting ahold of people who aren’t in the same proximity has changed drastically.

 

“I get ahold of my friends by texting or calling them,” Toot said. Toot has an Iphone SE. “When I was younger my friends and I all memorized each other’s home phone numbers and we could call each other’s moms to get ahold of each other to see if we could play outside.” Senior Audrey Secrest said.

 

Now, along with the differences in generations, we are all evolving together. With technology growing in our daily lives, it is making opportunities for all of us. Many students do a majority of their schoolwork on a computer or phone.

 

“I use technology frequently for school work, we use technology most days in class the majority of time. Most of my homework is on technology,” Toot said.

 

Next time you start to say “hey Siri,” think about what we would do before Siri and what she might evolve into.

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